Life has its challenges, but I truly believe our most difficult experiences can also be our greatest teachers. Counseling can help you get unstuck from difficult personal or relationship patterns. I offer counseling for adults who are struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and relationship problems.
Welcome! I offer a client centered approach to counseling that provides hope and healing. I create a safe place for my clients to open up, be understood, and reach their goals. I work primarily with children, teens, and families who want support with relationships/communication, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, school problems, and trauma.
Micaela is a passionate, empathetic therapist whose approach is based in collaboration, humor, and the therapeutic relationship. As a multi-racial, cis-gender woman, Micaela strives to utilize her privilege to advocate for changes in oppressive systems. Micaela understands the importance of tackling the intersectional identities of those with whom she works. She strives to practice therapy in a compassionate manner and to practice critical self-awareness, through eliciting feedback throughout the therapeutic process.
Change, worry, and upsets are a given. But so is the ability to adjust, heal, create, plan and live more fully. Challenging life experiences can cause us to feel stuck: grief, trauma, unending decision-making, constant fear or worry. We suffer when we are not flowing in heart, head and body. When we carry too much emotional pain, we need to move from isolation to connectedness, gain insight, and find our way.
My hope for my clients is that you leave our sessions feeling seen and heard. Perhaps we work together to better understand why you do/say the things you do. We can lean into your strengths or unlearn some unhelpful thoughts and behavior. We can problem solve together on how to approach someone about a tough topic like coming out or setting boundaries. Ultimately, I want to help you meet your own goals in therapy.
I want to first acknowledge how difficult it can be to take the first step in searching for a therapist, but you did it! I am here now to help support you through the rest of your holistic healing journey. From a place of collaboration and warmth, I will utilize my 10 years of experience and work with you toward growth and change to ultimately help you achieve your goals for therapy. Specialities: LGBTQIA+, Polyamorous and Non-Monogamous Individuals and Relationships, Social Service/ Mental Health Workers, Womxn and Non-Binary Individuals, Couples, and Polycules. I am also an approved supervisor in WA state for LISCW interns.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist my approach is systemic and strength-based. I believe in human connection as the most important factor to our own happiness and the health of families and communities. In my work with clients we strive to identify the unique strengths and abilities that will help them cope with life's challenges and build stronger relationships.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENT REQUESTS. Focusing on couple counseling, I love helping people fall in love again. I work with people of all ages and backgrounds, am highly effective with anxiety disorders, men's concerns, and trauma.
Life is not easy. Unexpected problems arise that you are unprepared to deal with. Whether your child is struggling in school, depressed, angry, or perhaps the whole family is in crisis. I have many years experience with children and families in a variety of settings (preschools, schools, and community mental health agencies). Together we can sort out the challenges and uncover the talents that will help your family function better. It can be hard to take that first step and try therapy, but it is time. Things can be better and I am ready to work with you if you are ready to try.
Do you see your life as overwhelming, feel more anxious than calm, or feel disconnected and depressed? I enjoy working with individuals and couples struggling with old or current trauma, difficulty managing life transitions, and relationship problems. I am a goal-centered, compassionate, strength-based therapist who will help you explore all areas of your life in search of lasting change. LGBTQ+, poly and kink friendly.
Do you feel like you can't quit thinking about painful things that happened to you? Do you wish you could be more like the "you" before the trauma happened?
Trauma can make you feel lonely and afraid. You can feel torn between wanting to talk about what happened versus keeping it all locked inside. I know it's hard to take that first step to get help, but once you start to talk about it with someone who knows how to help you heal, you can begin to work to reclaim the life you feel you lost.
I have experience working with everything from situational depression and anxiety to alcoholism/addiction, to more severe cases of chronic mental illness. I work as a collaborator with clients seeking to become their best possible selves in the midst of the various setbacks and stressors that modern life confronts us with. I am here to be a compassionate witness to your growth and transformation, to assist you with getting on course to being the best person that you are capable of becoming.
I work for a telehealth counseling clinic named Pain Alternatives. I became interested in mental wellness during my massage therapy years when seeing the mind-body connection as integral to healing. In my current practice, I use a time-limited dynamic psychotherapy model and medication prescription and management when clinically appropriate. You can come for medication management alone, for counseling alone, or for a combination of medication management with counseling sessions. My primary modalities are Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy.
Many of us carry within our hearts a deep yearning for soulful purpose, inner tranquility and intimate connection and guidance. Without these, we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and isolated; depressed and anxious; and lacking in vital energy. We long to feel a sense of flow; to be in alignment with ourselves, nature and our communities; and to experience pleasure, play and possibility. I believe we can live much more joyful, fulfilling and peaceful lives when we can connect to something greater than ourselves. Therefore, in our work together, I help you tap into your intuition as well as create a relationship with the Divine.
Through authenticity and relevancy, my aim is to accept and be with you where you are in life, but strive to help and guide you to a place where you want to be instead. Identity exploration around race, culture, and gender is a passion of mine, as well as pre-teens, teens, and families. Therapeutic techniques I use include, but aren't limited to: DBT, CBT, play therapy, and art therapy.
If you are struggling with multiple complex issues and haven't been able to figure out where to start or which end is up, we can work together to figure out how it all connects and what you would like to address . I appreciate the interconnection between physical and mental health issues, relationship struggles and the complications of addictions and habits. At our initial appointment, I will take some basic history, learn more about your current situation and your goals and then introduce the Cognitive Behavior Therapy TEAM model that I utilize to structure treatment. Check out feelinggood.com for more information and resources.
My training is in systems therapy, which examines how the many facets of our lives interact. In therapy, we often look at how surrounding relationships and past experiences effect our current beliefs and values. If emotions and mood are difficult to manage, or there is difficulty adjusting to developmental and life stage changes, I offer support and tools to work through this. These challenges often arise for young adults, new mothers, managing intimate relationships and employment transitions. Too often, grief and loss bring up painful struggles for individuals and families. Therapy can be helpful in these most challenging times.
Do you often feel lonely? Do you feel depressed and that things will never change? Has some trauma kept you immobilized and in fear? Every person holds the answers to their issues and concerns deep within themselves. With my guidance, you'll examine the beliefs and emotions that keep you from listening to and acting on your inner wisdom. Learn to release anxiety, anger and resentment so that you can make healthy life choices. I create a compassionate, non-judgemental environment in which lasting change happens. Through awareness, you can learn to create a fulfilling life.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults and adolescents. I specialize in helping those with issues related to depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, and chronic pain. I support people struggling with relationship and communication difficulties, grief, pervasive worry, intrusive thoughts, and overwhelming feelings. I empower clients to gain the skills needed to reach their goals, understand and regulate their emotions, and improve mindfulness and acceptance through a nonjudgmental and collaborative approach. I also provide supportive and affirmative therapy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. I am available to assist transgender clients in attaining transitioning services.
I am passionate about providing holistic, strength based and person-centered therapeutic services. My practice is rooted in compassion. I honor all identities, complexities and experiences. My areas of specialty: anxiety, trauma, exploring identity, religious trauma, LGBTQIA2S+, body acceptance, difficult life changes, depression, work life balance, improving communication skills, and creative expression. In our work together, we will not look at what is 'wrong' with you, rather what has happened in your life and where to go from here.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Shoreline are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Shoreline then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Shoreline specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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